Wade & Leisa’s Gold Coast Wedding at Palmer Colonial
Wade and I both agreed that one of the biggest decisions we would make for our wedding would be the photography. We wanted natural, artistic photos to remember our day and as such we were very fussy. We skimmed through so many sites and I had shortlisted a few gold coast wedding photographers for us to choose from. Once we saw White Pearl Photography’s website, we stopped looking. We never even attempted to contact anyone else. From the very beginning, White Pearl Photography were a pleasure to deal with. On the day, we had so much fun. We had never had professional photos before, so at first it was a little daunting – but our photographer made us both feel so relaxed and it was really natural. I was so excited to see our photos – when we got them I couldn’t believe how perfect they were. We just adore them. I still look through them almost every single day and friends and family tell me all the time that they have never seen such fantastic photography. It really made our day extra special to share it with someone as fun and relaxed as Josh.
How You Met
Wade and I worked at the same Resort for around 3 years before we met. At around the same time, our starting times changed to 7am and we kept bumping into each other in the lunch room every morning and before long, we realised we were meant for each other. We’ve been inseparable ever since.
One Wednesday at work, my boss asked me to help her grab some boxes from the lobby, and when we got down there, Wade was waiting. Under the guise of a lunch date, we headed off to Broadbeach. Half way through lunch Wade told me that I wasn’t going back to work that day…that instead, we were heading out to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat for the night. When we got there, Wade dropped me off at the Lost World Spa and told me I was booked in for a 1.5 hour treatment. The Spa is in the middle of the rainforest and had a balcony with the most amazing view over a pristine valley. After my treatment, I wandered back to the change room to find my favourite cocktail dress & matching shoes waiting for me and the therapist told me Wade had a little surprise for me before dinner. I got dressed and headed back out to the balcony, and there was Wade, dressed in a suit with the sun setting across the valley behind him. He dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him. Through the tears, I said “Yes!!” and we enjoyed a bottle of sparkling wine and a cheese platter and watched the sun set completely over the ridge. We made our way to a restaurant for dinner and my mum and brothers were waiting for us to celebrate together. It was absolutely magical!!
I had no idea what kind of dress I wanted. I tried on everything I liked, but I just couldn’t find “the one”. Finally, I found my gown, Magnolia – by Brisbane Designer Elizabeth De Varga. As soon as I had it on, I knew it was the one. I wanted to wear my Mum’s cathedral veil and I knew the dress would be perfect for it.
My mum’s friend made our cake. To be honest – I was a little worried. I’d previously seen cakes that “a friend of the family” had made and they usually didn’t quite work out. When we first saw the cake, we were absolutely thrilled. The details were amazing and it was so yummy!! We saved the top tier to have on our first anniversary and we can’t wait!
We had our Ceremony and Reception at the Colonial Golf Course in Robina. We wanted a venue that would let us add our own personality to the day and Judy the coordinator was amazing. We clicked with her straight away. She made everything easy and nothing was too much trouble. She never even blinked when we mentioned we wanted a Horse & Carriage and Helicopters!! On the day everything was so easy and relaxed. We honestly had a ball. The Reception was so much fun, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day!